When It's Time for a New Clothes Dryer

February 24, 2016

Is your dryer taking forever to dry your clothes? Is it not getting as hot as it used to? These issues may be warning signs that it’s time to start thinking about purchasing a new dryer. Not heeding these signs can result not only in a lot of energy wasted, but potentially dangerous situations in your home.

The Biggest Signs

Clothes Taking Too Long

Any amount of time waiting for your laundry seems unending, however, if you find yourself waiting for more than an hour for a pair of jeans to dry, chances are that there is a more serious issue at hand. Every extra minute that the dryer is running is more energy that you’re paying for, so diagnosing the root of the issue is important.

Clothes Are Burning Hot

If your clothes are too hot to hold, this is an indication that you are 1. wasting energy, and 2. potentially damaging your laundry. Overheating is just as bad as underheating – it means that something is wrong. You might even be at risk of a dryer fire. Sometimes this can be fixed by tweaking the dryer’s setup, but if the dryer is over ten years old, it’s most likely time for a new one.

Loud & Unusual Noises

Dryers sometimes make funny noises as they go through their many cycles. It’s not uncommon to hear zippers, buttons, and even change rattling around in the drum. However if the noises coming out of your dryer aren’t the usual pings and taps you’re used to hearing, it could be a sign that the mechanics are just worn out.

What to Do

Purchasing a new dryer might sound like a daunting task, or a big financial burden. There are so many options and variations, it can be overwhelming. But choosing to purchase an energy efficient electric clothes dryer will save you money and be a huge asset to your home.

Not only are these dryers ultimately more cost-effective, there are also rebates available that you can take advantage of now that will make purchasing one of these dryers an even better deal.

ENERGY STAR® certified clothes dryers use up to 20% less energy than standard models, without giving up functionality or effectiveness. Some models have more features than others, but fear not, we can help you figure out what’s best for your home’s needs. Take a look at the ENERGY STAR clothes dryer page to find more detailed information on different dryers’ capabilities and capacities.

If you’re interested in making a purchase or want to find out more about how the rebates work, visit our Clothes Dryer Rebates page to get started today.

For more deals, tips, and smart ideas on ways to save energy, check out our other blog posts!

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